Respiratory Question #33


An obese client with a history of smoking and type 2 diabetes arrives to the clinic with respiratory symptoms of bronchitis. Which of the following is a priority to include in instructions?


  1. Lose 20 pounds.
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  2. Avoid cigarette smoking.
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  3. Drink plenty of fluids.
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  4. Decrease activity.
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Smoking is a major risk factor for developing bronchitis that may develop after inflammation to the bronchial airway and is a component of developing COPD. Although the client is obese, a diabetic, and may increase fluids, and monitor activity to maintain oxygenation load, the main health promotion instruction will center around smoking.

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